Following the first trailer released back in June, Open Road Films, via Yahoo! Movies, has debuted the second trailer for their upcoming road adventure Rock the Kasbah. Bill Murray stars as rock manager Richie Lanz, who finds the best voice he's ever heard in the most unexpected of places: Afghanistan. This dramatic comedy is inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.
Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan's version of American Idol. Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the "Afghan Star." The supporting cast includes Yousuf Azami, Eugenia Kuzmina and Fahim Fazli.
Rock the Kasbah marks the latest collaboration between Bill Murray and his longtime friend and screenwriter Mitch Glazer. They both met while working on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, which lead to film collaborations Scrooged, Passion Play. Mitch Glazer also wrote A Very Murray Christmas, which debuts on Netflix this holiday season.
Rock the Kasbah hits theaters on October 23, which is shaping up to be a very crowded weekend at the box office. It will go up against The Weinstein Company's Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, Universal's Jem and the Holograms and Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Indie films I Smile Back and Suffragette also open in limited release on October 23. It will surely be a close race as these new movies all vie for box office supremacy.
After Rock the Kasbah and A Very Murray Christmas, Bill Murray will lend his voice to Baloo in Disney's animated adaptation of The Jungle Book. He also has a voice role in DreamWorks Animation's B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, but that doesn't have a release date at this time. While we wait for more details on those new projects, check out the new Rock the Kasbah trailer.